from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the order Ericaceæ, the heath family, type of the tribe Pyroleæ, characterized by racemed flowers with five converging petals, ten stamens with peculiar four-celled inverted anthers opening by pores, and a capsule opening from the base upward, with cobwebby margins.
- noun [lowercase] Any plant of the above genus.
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- noun any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
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The flowers are thickish, something like the pyrola, and its manner of growth resembles the hyacinth, with bell-shaped flowers clustering along the upper part of the stem, and erect, pointed leaves.
Among the most desolate sandhills you may find in July acres of wax-white pyrola – like lilies of the valley splashed with pink – covering the plains between the lonely ridges of harsh, grey grass.
In shady corners, deeper in the wood, the fragrant pyrola lifted its scape of clustering bells, like a lily of the valley wandered to the forest.
Both the glossy pipsissima and the pretty spotted wintergreen, with its variegated leaves, are common here; so is the fragrant shin-leaf; and the one-flowered pyrola, rare in most parts of the country, is also found in our woods.
A plain brown carpet suits it best, with a modest figure of green -- preferably of evergreen -- woven into it; a tracery of partridge-berry vine, or, it may be, of club moss, with here and there a tuft of pipsissewa and pyrola.
Here I found many of my old favorites the heathworts -- kalmia, pyrola, chiogenes, huckleberry, cranberry, etc.
On the opener spots beneath the trees the ground is covered to a depth of two or three feet with mosses of indescribable freshness and beauty, a few dwarf conifers often planted on their rich furred bosses, together with pyrola, coptis, and Solomon's-seal.
A few are standing at an elevation of nearly three thousand feet; at twenty-five hundred feet, pyrola, veratrum, vaccinium, fine grasses, sedges, willows, mountain-ash, buttercups, and acres of the most luxuriant cassiope are in bloom.
The family of the heath, cranberry, pyrola, Andromeda, and mountain-laurel -- how do these blossoms welcome their insect friends?
Pyrola secunda (one-sided pyrola), very common, Caucomgomoc.